Saturday, August 6, 2011

POTG Weekend Headlines, News and Links: Surprising Breaking News Included

For what should be a dead weekend in the hockey world comes breaking news from the Predators on Bret Lebda and also on the 2012 NHL Entry draft.

Also, Tax Free Weekend bargains continue through Monday with the Predators and Bridgestone Arena.

Make the jump for a full plate of news to devour on a hot rainy Tennessee weekend...

In Pred Nation...

Breaking news from Nick Kypreos that the Preds will buy out Brett Lebda. That is really no surprise as his name has never been used in any projections in the D-corp for the coming season.

Ryan Porth steps up with a guest post for on Barry Trotz.

Jeremy Gover found that the Kostitsyn brothers are training in their native Belarus. He also produced a new 303:30 featuring a Pred blogger roundtable discussing the Shea Weber situation.

Josh Cooper spoke to Cody Franson about Shea Weber's arbitration hearing and it sounds like there is no ill will. He also looks at David Poile's attention being split among three contracts for the next eleven months.

Forechecker has a cool video of the closing seconds of game six against Anaheim that was tweeted by @JonBlum7 along with his links. On Saturday, Dirk takes a quick look around the Central Division. Finally, Dirk takes a look at the decrease in ratings for US bonds and how that could affect the NHL economy.

Robby Stanley is ready to look forward and not back. That seems to be a common theme at this point.

We wish the best to Matthew Lombardi who may be making progress in his concussion battle. Matt Reitz was on a Preds roll as he also looked at the Preds 2012 summer and what they may have to deal with in free agent signings.

Kent Wilson puts together a good argument on why Shea Weber's days in Smashville may be limited.

Predatorial takes a look at Niclas Bergfors and what the Predators should expect from their big free agent pickup. Jeremy Sargent takes a critical look at the tough year ahead for David Poile.

Ryan Lambert points out why Shea Weber's arbitration ruling doesn't matter.

Predator prospects Austin Watson, Chase Balisy, and Miikka Salomaki are all involved in junior development camps in the coming weeks. Bronco Hockey has a feature story on Balisy's visit to the camp.

Heather Ronaldson has what the summer holds for the Admirals, Part 2.

Ex-Pred Cody Franson is hanging out with Luke Schenn and is excited to be a Leaf.

I missed this while I was on vacation where Hockey Prospectus has their top ten ranking of the Preds's youngsters that looks a little different than some other lists.

Around the NHL...

Breaking news about the 2012 Entry draft going to Pittsburgh comes from Ryan Kennedy.

Sean Avery added an arrest by the LAPD to his busy offseason activities.

RLD Hockey's Saturday face-off looks at who is the best goalie all time.

Patrick Hoffman questions how much does Marty Brodeur have left in his tank.

What would the weekend be without the weekly hockey fan in California at View from My Seats.

B D Galof continues in the HST mode with Nassau County is Decadent and Depraved.

Puck Daddy looks at the witty guy behind Down Goes Brown.

Teemu Selanne is not going to decide whether to come back for another season until next month.

The Goalie Guild is up to the Top 150 goalies now. Anders Lindback is up to number two. Atte Engren (35), Jeremy Smith (38), Chet Pickard (47), and Magnus Hellberg (72) round out the Predator prospects.

A new standard for Tweet-Ups has been set with the Islanders' Matt Moulson hanging out with fans at the team store and then for pizza.

Steve Lapore has the latest news on Versus soon to be NBC Sports Network adding college hockey to its lineup.

Frozen Notes has the ultimate Twitter list for Blues fans.

Odds and Ends...

It sounds like Festival Tennessee is not going to happen. Who would have ever thought that?

The US Open of Surfing is underway in Huntington Beach and ongoing live coverage on the net can be found here.

NASA's Juno craft that is headed for Jupiter employes a new breed of green power that runs on solar power instead of traditional nuclear energy.

Here is an interesting map of state by state smart phone operating systems.

More Later...

Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass

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